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U.S. Online Retail Spending Up 15% From Last Year U.S. Online Retail Spending Up 15% From Last Year
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comScore put out some new data on U.S. retail ecommerce spending for the third quarter of 2012. It was up 15% from the same quarter in 2011. Online retail spending reached $41.9 billion for the quarter, and the fourth quarter …

Foursquare Lets You Tag Facebook Friends, Even If They Don’t Use Foursquare Foursquare Lets You Tag Facebook Friends, Even If They Don’t Use Foursquare

On Monday, Foursquare updated their apps with a new rating system for locations. Now, when you find a business using the explore feature, it will have a number rating (from 1-10) attached. According to the company, this type of rating …

Me.ga Domain Suspended By Gabon’s Communication Minister Me.ga Domain Suspended By Gabon’s Communication Minister

Megaupload is coming back soon, or at least, that’s the plan. The Megaupload founder revealed to Wired in October that the reboot of his popular file sharing site would be called Me.ga to avoid any interference from the US government. …

These Professional Clickers Are Waiting to Make Your Content Go Viral These Professional Clickers Are Waiting to Make Your Content Go Viral

Clicks are everything, right? But of course, sometimes they are just too hard to come by. I mean, who has the time to develop and pursue a real viral campaign anymore? Your viral content needs views – or at least …

Diane Sawyer: Slurring Causes Drunken Rumors Diane Sawyer: Slurring Causes Drunken Rumors
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Diane Sawyer, like most news anchors and reporters, was exhausted last night. But Sawyer, who covered Hurricane Sandy in depth right before election night, may have taken too much onto herself, and it showed in a big way on air …

Gears of War: Judgment Pre-Order Trailer Released Gears of War: Judgment Pre-Order Trailer Released
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In a holiday season filled with Assassin’s Creed III, Far Cry 3, and Hitman: Absolution trailers, there has been surprisingly little video released concerning Gears of War: Judgment since its announcement at this year’s E3. Now that Halo 4 has …

Google, This Is Getting Pretty Weird [The Niantic Project] Google, This Is Getting Pretty Weird [The Niantic Project]
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Last week, we reported on Google’s mysterious Niantic Project. “What is that?” you may ask. Good question. That’s kind of the point. Above all else, it appears to be some kind of viral attention-getting campaign for something Google is up …

Bram Stoker Doodle Lets Google Show Its Gothic Side Bram Stoker Doodle Lets Google Show Its Gothic Side

Long before all of the glitter and high-school melodrama, the vampire-oriented literary scene was dominated by Abraham “Bram” Stoker and his classic gothic novel Dracula. And today, Google is honoring the author with a Doodle. Bram Stoker was born in …

For $99, You Can Buy Your Very Own Robotic Dragonfly For $99, You Can Buy Your Very Own Robotic Dragonfly
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Big robots are scary. Just take one look at any of the large robots that populate our world, and you’re bound to find one that will invade your nightmares. What may be even scarier, however, are the tiny robots that …

Beyonce Tweets Support For Obama Beyonce Tweets Support For Obama
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Beyonce came into the Twitter world much later than the rest of us, because she was busy being married to Jay-Z, having the most talked about–and least seen–celebrity baby ever, and generally ruling the world. But when she joined, she …

AT&T to Spend $14 Billion Expanding Broadband Networks AT&T to Spend $14 Billion Expanding Broadband Networks
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AT&T today announced that it will invest $14 billion over the next three years to “expand and enhance” its wireless and wireline broadband networks. The company is calling its investment plan “Project Velocity IP” (VIP), and claims that the expansion …

Android Developer Relations Team Answers Questions In This Hangout Android Developer Relations Team Answers Questions In This Hangout

Google has uploaded another Android Developers Office Hours hangout. It features the EMEA-based Android Developer Releations team (from the Google TV Team) answering questions. As usual, it’s about an hour long.

Sean Hannity: Ballot Gets Tweeted, Then Deleted Sean Hannity: Ballot Gets Tweeted, Then Deleted
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Sean Hannity, host of Fox News, quickly realized his mistake yesterday after he tweeted a photo of his completed election ballot, which is illegal in many states. “I learned a big civics lesson today,” he later said. “I took a …

This Camp Stove Also Charges Your Devices This Camp Stove Also Charges Your Devices
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What’s 5×8 inches, a little over two pounds, and can charge your iPhone while also cooking your bacon? The BioLite CampStove, of course. For just $129 you can purchase this first-world camping accessory that lets you stay connected to the …

Steve Jobs Now Has A Building Named After Him Steve Jobs Now Has A Building Named After Him

You’ve seen the Steve Jobs statues, the wax figure, and the secret Steve Jobs yacht. Now, Pixar has named a building after him. It’s called, aptly, The Steve Jobs Building, and it’s the studio’s main building. Pixar’s Junn Lee shared …

Nintendo Explains Wii U Online Features, Unboxes Console For The First Time Nintendo Explains Wii U Online Features, Unboxes Console For The First Time

In just a short amount of time, Nintendo has become one of the more transparent members of the gaming industry. The company’s frequent Nintendo Direct live streams help to keep gamers informed on the latest developments with games and consoles. …

Diabetes Treatment Could Start Earlier Thanks to Newly Discovered Protein Risk Factor Diabetes Treatment Could Start Earlier Thanks to Newly Discovered Protein Risk Factor
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Researchers at Sweden’s Lund University have identified a “promising candidate” for a test that will indicate an early risk for type 2 diabetes. “We have shown that individuals who have above-average levels of a protein called SFRP4 in the blood …

Ridiculously Good-Looking Baby Gets Heart Surgery, Goes Viral Ridiculously Good-Looking Baby Gets Heart Surgery, Goes Viral
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A tiny baby boy with the most charming little smile–and a scar almost as long as he is–is taking the web by storm this week after having open-heart surgery. Joey Powling, Jr. was born with what is essentially a hole …

Kirstie Alley Has A Lot To Say In Her New Book Kirstie Alley Has A Lot To Say In Her New Book
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Kirstie Alley has revealed a whole lot of things during promotion for her new book, “The Art Of Men”, including the fact that she propositioned Patrick Swayze back when they were working on “North And South” together and he turned …

President Obama Does Gangnam Style with a T-Rex in NMA’s Election Animation President Obama Does Gangnam Style with a T-Rex in NMA’s Election Animation
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You knew it was coming. No major world event is ever really complete without a breakdown from our favorite Taiwanese animators. NMA has just released their take on the 2012 Presidential Election, and it lives up to their delightfully odd …

Sprint Purchases Midwest Spectrum, Customers From U.S. Cellular Sprint Purchases Midwest Spectrum, Customers From U.S. Cellular

Sprint announced today that it will acquire PCS spectrum and customers from U.S. Cellular for $480 million. Parts of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and the Chicago and St. Louis markets are all part of the deal. Sprint stated that …

Xbox SmartGlass Finally Shows Up On iOS Xbox SmartGlass Finally Shows Up On iOS

Microsoft’s answer to the Wii U, Xbox SmartGlass, was one of the more impressive things we saw from the company at E3. It turned out to be pretty neat when it launched on Windows 8 and Android devices last month. …

Patrick Swayze Turned Kirstie Alley Down Patrick Swayze Turned Kirstie Alley Down
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While promoting her new book, “The Art Of Men”, Kirstie Alley revealed that she propositioned Patrick Swayze during their time together on the set of the 1985 film “North And South”…and he straight turned her down. “We did not have …

The Obamas’ Hug Becomes Most-Liked Photo in Facebook History The Obamas’ Hug Becomes Most-Liked Photo in Facebook History
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When it was becoming more clear that Barack Obama would be reelected and remain President of the United States, he tweeted and Facebooked the news to his millions of followers/fans. One photo update in particular resonated with people, and it …